This is a significant moment in history.
Here's how to be part of it.
Our Bicentennial celebration, Looking Back, Living Forward: 200 years of roots, growth, and branching out includes three parts:
- Roots—where we came from, as well as other historically significant events at Foundry
- Growth—a look at what forms the essence of Foundry, and how it has increased and changed
- Branching outwards—with the power of our history, investigating what’s next!
Please note: The list of events below will be updated often as more events are finalized.
January 19, 2014 (MLK Sunday) Daughters and Sons of Foundry Outstanding Preacher Series, Cheryl B. Anderson. Learn more.
February 16, 2014 - Daughters and Sons of Foundry Outstanding Preacher Series, Candace Shultis. Learn more.
March 2, 2014 - Daughters and Sons of Foundry Outstanding Preacher Series, Charlie Parker. Learn more.
April 27, 2014 - Daughters and Sons of Foundry Outstanding Preacher Series, Robtel Neajai Pailey. Learn more.
May 18, 2014 - Daughters and Sons of Foundry Outstanding Preacher Series, Mark Schaefer. Learn more.
August 24, 2014 - join the fun at the Bicentennial Inaugural Event. Members of Foundry, both past and present, join together to celebrate our 200 year birthday. New Bicentennial banners and a hymn celebrating this event will be unveiled. A buffet after the 11am service will be open to all. Dr. Leslie Griffiths, Superintendent of Wesley's Chapel, London, will return to Foundry's pulpit to preach at both the 9:30 and 11am services.
August 30, 2014 - Go to the Foundry Family Camp at The West River Camp, to see an historical re-enactment of a Camp Ground Meeting, sing old-time hymns, make crafts like they did in the 1800's, and enjoy four-square dancing!
October 5, 2014 - Take a fieldtrip to historic Methodist sites in Baltimore such as Lovely Lane UMC and Old Otterbein UMC.
November 2, 2014 (All Saints Sunday) - Hear Dr. Phil Wogaman, guest preacher. We have invited guests to discuss the roots of American Methodism as well as Foundry's origins and history. A special booklet was created to chronicle the contributions of many historic members of Foundry who have transitioned to be with our Lord and Savior. The worship service liturgy will be expanded to embrace historical saints and congregants will be invited to bring mementos in honor of personal saints who have influenced their lives. This experience will complement the annual remembrance of saints who have transitioned during the immediate year.
December 21, 2014- Actors will depict the historic visit by Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt to Foundry during the service hosted by the Washington Federation of on December 25, 1941. Actors will recreate this historic moment and offer insight as to America's involvement in World War II. This date is also noted as the first time Winston Churchill hears the hymn "O Little Town of Bethlehem" to be sung by Foundry's Choir.
January 18, 2015 (MLK Sunday) - Recognize the role of African Americans in Foundry's historical beginnings.
February, 2015 - Celebrate our path towards becoming a reconciling congregation. Join us as we investigate the historic relationship between Foundry and Asbury UMC, such as when Foundry and Asbury shared pulpits in act of reconciliation, circa 2002.
February, 2015 - Social Justice Recognition - A Sunday when Foundry features its social justice initiatives and involvement - current and historical - including civil rights, temperance, slavery, marriage equality, voting rights, etc. Foundry has also been active in founding many social service agencies established throughout Washington, including So Others May Eat, Susanna Wesley House, Emmaus, and more. The congregation will recognize ethnic congregations such as the Korean Church and Russian Church that grew out of Foundry.
March, 2015 - Honor our many years of dedication to missions.
April 5, 2015 - An old-fashioned Easter parade! Wear your favorite Easter bonnet or bowler or a creation of your own, and join the fun. Look for hat-making parties prior to this parade to get ready for parading in your finery.
April, 2015 - Celebrate our 200-year involvement in social justice, a key component of what we are as Foundry. Join us as we focus on topics including Abolition, the women's movement, civil rights, peace-making, and more.
April 12, 2015 - Race & Reconciliation Sunday - The senior pastors of Asbury United Methodist Church and Foundry United Methodist Church will engage in a pulpit exchange that marks the historic Reconciliation Worship Service held at Asbury in 2002. This service, and accompanying education classes ,will examine the racial divide that existed in the early 19th century and steps taken to heal these historic wounds when Foundry acted to expel African American worshippers in 1836.
June 7, 2015 - LGBT Lay Leadership Celebration toward becoming a Reconciling Congregation - This event will celebrate the 20 years of laity led action before the historic vote to become a reconciling congregation.
July, 2015 - Discuss historic tenets and ideas of Methodism and consider such questions as why be a Methodist today using a historical perspective.
September, 2015 - Attend the Bicentennial closing ceremony. Among other activities, we will be laying a cornerstone, concluding our Bicentennial celebrations.
September 13, 2015 - Homecoming Service as concluding Bicentennial event - This service will feature a nationally recognized lay person who will lead us to the culminating service of 'Looking to the Future of Foundry's Ministry' to the local Washington community as well as the world.